Our 2016 edition of the Homecoming Alumni Band is going to be fantastic! Gary Smith and Barry Houser have put together an exciting show, selection of stands tunes, and a well-planned social experience for all of our band alumni! We look forward to seeing you again! The weekend dates are October 28-29, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2016 edition of Marching Illini! We have a music rehearsal and the Homecoming Parade on Friday, a rehearsal Saturday morning, and then the Homecoming game in Memorial Stadium.
You choose how you want to particiate. Registration is Closed for 2016
Attention Recent Grads (2016): You can attend for free! All 2016 graduates are invited to attend for free. You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived.
Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 28
11:00 AM Bands Alumni Board Meeting - Any interested alumni are welcome to attend.
1:00 PM Alumni Band Registration | Harding Band Building
2:00 PM Alumni Band Welcome and Rehearsal in Harding 141 | Illinettes, Drumline, Flag Sectionals
5:00 PM PreParade light snack. Move to Education Building to prepare for parade
6:00 PM Homecoming Parade featuring the Alumni Band and the Marching Illini
7:00 PM Harding Band Building open for instrument storage.
7:00 PM Reception with food and beverages. All are welcome -- bands alumni, friends, family, etc. Temple Buell Hall on the South Quad, East of the Education Building. Attendance is $20 for each attendee.
Homecoming Schedule | Saturday October 29
6:30 AM Alumni Band Registration at South tunnel of Memorial Stadium
7:00 AM Alumni Band drill rehearsal in Memorial Stadium . Set and rehearse the “Block I”.... same for both pregame and halftime. You must be willing to do both. We will also rehearse the halftime drill and music. With an 11am gametime the "drill" will be simple.
7:45 AM Rehearse Halftime with MI. Rehearse 3-in-1 with MI.
8:30 AM Illini Walk and Pregame concert on the West Steps with the MI
9:00 AM Alumni Band sets Seating Block in the Stands.
10:00 AM Set marching Block in Armory
10:15 AM Alumni Band March to Stadium
10:40 AM Alumni Band Pre-Game Performance
11:00 AM Illinois vs Minnesota Kick Off
12:30 PM Box lunch in stadium after Halftime
Half-Time | Alumni Band and the Marching Illini Half-time Performance
Post Game | March with the MI from the Stadium to the post-game concert at the Education Building
You may register on-site at the Band Building on Friday or Saturday. However, there will be no way to set up an instrument, music, or lunch for you.
You may participate in a variety of activities offered - whatever appeals to you. Options include the following:
- Music Rehearsal on Friday
- Homecoming Parade on Friday
- Reception for Alumni, family, and friends ($20 each)
- Play in the stands during the game
- Pre-Game Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
- Three In One Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
- Half-Time Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
Alumni Band Instruments
Mellophones, Baritones, Sousaphones, and Drumline instruments will be provided to those who need to check one out for the weekend. This will take place on Friday afternoon during registration.
Seating & Tickets
The Alumni Band will receive complimentary tickets from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for your contribution to the Game Day atmosphere in Memorial Stadium. Extra tickets for family and friends are available in the stands behind the alumni band, and you may purchase these below. Deadline is 15-October; after that check the Illini ticket office.
Parking will be available Friday evening near Assembly Hall, with van transportation from the NE lot (corner of 4th and Kirby) to the Harding Band Building from 12:45 to 2:30.
In addition, there are campus lots open on Saturday - some near the Education Building.
Rooms are being held for alumni at the Country Inn and Suites, 602 W Marketview, Champaign; 217-355-6666. The block is named UIUC Bands Alumni.
Alumni Band Music
All music will be provided in PDF format online. We kindly suggest that you print this before arriving for homecoming. If you prefer, the band can print this for you, but otherwise we appreciate your help in keeping printing costs down. If you would like printed music or a flip-folder for this weekend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The link to the music will be sent to registrants.
Illinettes please contact Devon for uniform info: http://alumnettes.com/contact-us.html or Alumnettes@gmail.com
For all other participants, the uniform will consist of the following:
- Alumni Band Jacket (purchasing is closed)
- Orange Alumni Band Polo (purchasing is closed)
- Khaki pants
Email us at email@example.com for more information